Distinguished economist to speak at NDSU

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NDSU’s Sheila and Robert Challey Institute for Global Innovation and Growth is set to host a conversation with Brown University economist Glenn Loury on Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 4 p.m. at Richard H. Barry Hall.

The event is free to attend and open to the public. Loury, the Merton P. Stoltz Professor of the Social Sciences and Professor of Economics at Brown University, will engage in a virtual conversation with John Bitzan, Challey Institute Menard Family Director.

The event will begin with a question-and-answer discussion about Loury’s personal story, race and inequality, free inquiry, viewpoint diversity and Loury’s reflections and advice. After this discussion, Loury will answer questions from the audience.

“I’m a big fan of Glenn Loury, his academic work and his work on ‘The Glenn Show,’ ” said Bitzan. “He’s not only a brilliant economist who has delved into a variety of important issues, but he’s also an outstanding public intellectual who engages in thoughtful conversation and shows respect to others even when he disagrees with them.”

Participants do not need to register to attend in person. Virtual attendance is available on Zoom, though you must pre-register. A reception is set to follow at 5:30 p.m. with light hors d’oeuvres.

As an academic economist, Loury has published mainly in the areas of applied microeconomic theory, game theory, industrial organization, natural resource economics and the economics of race and inequality. As a prominent social critic and public intellectual writing mainly on the themes of racial inequality and social policy, he has published more than 200 essays and reviews in journals of public affairs. He has received numerous awards and held several prestigious leadership positions. He also is the author of four books and host of “The Glenn Show.”

The presentation will kick off the Challey Institute’s 2023 Menard Family Distinguished Speaker Series. The series invites world thought leaders to share their ideas with the NDSU community on big questions that explore ways to improve the human condition and create economic opportunity. Other spring speakers include experimental economist John List on March 30 and financial analyst Gabriela Santos on April 20 as part of Financial Markets Day.